Judith Alexander papers
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Judith Alexander papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040. reference@atlantahistorycenter.com
Creator: Alexander Gallery (Atlanta, Ga.).
Creator: Alexander, Judith, 1931-2004
Creator: New Arts Gallery (Atlanta, Ga.).
Title: Judith Alexander papers
Dates: 1959-1989
Quantity: 1.0 linear ft. (2 document cases)
Identification: ahc.MSS812

Biographical/Historical Note

In 1959, Atlanta-born Judith Alexander opened The New Arts Gallery on Peachtree Street, a landmark venture exhibiting to work of some of the most important modern artists of the time and establishing in its brief existence, the first significant example of a fashionable art gallery in Atlanta. Although beset by financial problems which forced Alexander to close the gallery in 1965, The New Arts could boast of its influence as the center of Atlanta's avante-guard,among artists and literati alike.

Ms. Alexander returned to the Atlanta gallery market in 1976, withthe opening of the Alexander Gallery on E. Paces Ferry Road. The Alexander contributed greatly to the recognition of Georgia Folk Artists Nellie Mae Row, Carlton Garrett, and Mattie Lou O'Kelley, and went on to become one of Atlanta's foremost galleries to champion the Folk Arts Movement of the 1980s. In 1990 the Alexander Gallery was selected to receive the Governor's Award in the Arts.

Judith Alexander is the granddaughter of Julius M. Alexander (MSS 442), daughter of Henry A. Alexander Sr. (MSS 1142) and Marian (Manya) Klein Alexander, neice of Cecil A. Alexander (MSS 24), and cousin of Cecil A. Alexander, Jr (MSS 778).

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains correspondence, gallery invitations, newspaper clippings, magazines, catalogues, and photographs of individual artists and their work, in addition to snapshots of gallery interiors and special events.


This collection is arranged chronologically.

Index Terms

Alexander Gallery (Atlanta, Ga.).
Almon, Leroy
Anderson, Linda
Art galleries, commercial--Georgia--Atlanta
Art publicity--Georgia--Atlanta
Art, American--Georgia--Atlanta
Art, previews--Georgia--Atlanta
Blizzard, Georgia
Businesswomen--Southern States
Folk Art--Georgia--Atlanta
Folk Artists--Georgia--Atlanta
Garrett, Carleton E.
New Arts Gallery (Atlanta, Ga.).
Piha, Leonard
Rogers, Juanita
Rowe, Nellie Mae
Women art dealers--Georgia--Atlanta

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Judith Alexander papers, MSS 812, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1994


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Container List




11New Arts Gallery invitations, 1960-1965
2Clippings concerning the New Arts Gallery, 1961-1963
3Letter from Ralph McGill, 1962
4Letter from Edward Albee, 1963
5Letter from Thomas Merton, 1965
6Correspondance from the Guggenheim Museum, 1964
7The Kline Exhibit, 1961
8Correspondence, 1959-1973
9Artist c.v.'s and exhibit notes (The New Arts Gallery), 1965-1980
10Newspaper article by Judith Alexander, 1967
11 Atlanta magazine with article on J. Alexander, 1966
12Scrapbook, 1959-1963
13Magazine clipping on Sister Mary Corita, 1965
14HIgh Museum exhibit catalogues, 1966-1968
15Alexander Gallery Invitations, 1981-1989
16Clippings on Alexander Gallery exhibits, 1982-1984
17Letter from Joe Frank Harris, 1989
18Alexander Gallery in Decor Magazine, 1981
19Nellie Mae Rowe, 1980-1988
20 Georgia Life magazine with article on Nellie Mae Rowe, Summer 1975
21Carlton E. Garrett, 1979-1987
22Linda Anderson, 1985-1986
23Georgia Blizzard, 1981-1985
24Leroy Almon, 1985



21Leonard Piha, 1986
2Juanita Rogers, 1984
3Warli Exhibit, 1986
4Folk Artists, 1982
5Artist c.v.'s and exhibit notes from Alexander Gallery, 1963-1987
6Articles on art in Atlanta, 1981
7Greenville exhibit, 1985
8Assorted postcards, cancelled checks, and a newsletter, 1961-1987
9High Museum exhibit catalog, 1970
11Herbert Creecy exhibit catalog, 1988
12Amos Ferguson exhibit catalog, 1985
13"New Epiphanies" Religious Contemporary Art Catalog, 1982
14 Vogue magazine with article on Atlanta art scene, 15 September 1967
15 Motive magazine, 1967, inscribed, February 1967
16 Portfolio magazine with article on Folk Art, May- June 1983
17 Brown's Guide to Georgia, August 1982
18The Robb Report, January 1984
19 Atlanta Weekly, Folk Art issue, June 29, 1980
20The Fifth Annual Bronze Jubilee Catalog, 1982
21Folklife Festival Catalog, World's Fair, 1982
22"Ten Afro-American Quilters" exhibit notes, 1983
23Regenia Perry's Black American Folk Art Catalog, 1982
24 Life magazine with article on Folk Art, June 1980
10Georgia Folk Art catalog, 1983